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Torben Rick in the field
Dr Torry Rick in his office
 
 


Torben C. Rick


Curator


Division: Human Ecology and Archaeobiology

Area of Specialization:
North American Archaeology and Human Environmental Interactions


Phone:
  202-633-1890
Fax:  202-357-2208
E-mail Address: rickt@si.edu


Department of Anthropology Mailing Address

Education:

BA in Anthropology, the University of California, Santa Barbara (1997)
MS (1999) and PhD (2004) in Anthropology from the University of Oregon

Professional Activities:

Book Review and News and Notes Editor for the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology
Editorial Board Member for California Archaeology
Advisor for PhD and Masters students and works closely with undergraduates, interns, and volunteers in field and laboratory work

Major Research Interests:

He conducts research on the North American Pacific Coast, with much of his fieldwork investigating a 13,000 calendar year archaeological record on California’s Channel Islands. Focusing on the interactions of ancient people with coastal and terrestrial ecosystems, Rick’s research has investigated the impacts of people on ancient kelp forests and other marine ecosystems, the effects of human hunting on marine mammals, birds, and fishes, evidence for the introduction and movement of ancient wild and domesticated animals to offshore islands, and the evolution of complex hunter-gatherers. Most of his research is collaborative and interdisciplinary, seeking to integrate the biological sciences and anthropology.

Recent Publications:

Books or Edited Volumes:

Erlandson, Jon M., Torben C. Rick, and René L. Vellanoweth 2008. A Canyon through Time: The Archaeology, History, and Ecology of the Tecolote Canyon Area, Santa Barbara County, California. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Rick, Torben C., and Jon M. Erlandson, editors 2008. Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Rick, Torben C. 2007. The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Late Holocene San Miguel Island. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Journal Articles or Book Chapters:

Rick, Torben C. 2007. Household and Community Archaeology at the Chumash Village of Niaqla, Santa Rosa Island, California. Journal of Field Archaeology 32:243-263.

Rick, Torben C. 2006. A 5,000-Year Record of Coastal Settlement on Anacapa Island, California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 26:65-72.

Rick, Torben C. 2004. Red Abalone Bead Production and Exchange on California’s Northern Channel Islands. North American Archaeologist 25:215-237.

Rick, Torben C., Robert L. DeLong, Jon M. Erlandson, Todd J. Braje, Terry L. Jones, Douglas J. Kennett, Thomas A. Wake, and Phillip L. Walker 2008. A Trans-Holocene Archaeological Record of Guadalupe Fur Seals (Arctocephalus townsendi) on the California Coast. Marine Mammal Science, in press.

Rick, Torben C., Jon M. Erlandson, René L. Vellanoweth, Todd J. Braje, Paul W. Collins, Daniel A. Guthrie, and Thomas W. Stafford, Jr. 2008. Origins and Antiquity of the Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis) on the California Channel Islands. Quaternary Research, in press.

Erlandson, Jon M., and Torben C. Rick 2008. Archaeology, Marine Ecology, and Human Impacts on Marine Environments. In Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective, edited by T. Rick and J. Erlandson. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 1-19.

Erlandson, Jon M., Torben C. Rick, Todd J. Braje, Alexis Steinberg, and René L. Vellanoweth 2008. Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Shellfish: A 10,000 Year Record from San Miguel Island, California. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 2144-2152.

Reeder, Leslie A., Torben C. Rick, and Jon M. Erlandson 2008. Forty Years Later: What Have We Learned About the Earliest Human Occupations of Santa Rosa Island, California? North American Archaeologist 29:37-64.

Rick, Torben C., and Jon M. Erlandson 2008. Archaeology, Historical Ecology, and the Future of the World’s Oceans. In Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective, edited by T. Rick and J. Erlandson. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 297-308.

Rick, Torben C., Phillip L. Walker, Lauren M. Willis, Anna C. Noah, Jon M. Erlandson, René L. Vellanoweth, Todd J. Braje, and Douglas J. Kennet 2008. Dogs, Humans, and Island Ecosystems: The Antiquity, Distribution, and Ecology of Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris) on California’s Channel Islands, USA. The Holocene 18:1077-1087.

Rick, Torben C., Jon M. Erlandson, Todd J. Braje, James Estes, Michael Graham, and René Vellanoweth 2008. Historical Ecology and Human Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems of the Santa Barbara Channel Region, California. In Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective, edited by T. Rick and J. Erlandson. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 77-101.

Rick, Torben C., Leslie A. Reeder, and Kelly C. Shaw 2008. Lithic Technology at the Late Middle Period Wind Tunnel Site (CA-SMI-609), San Miguel Island, California. Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly 40(1): 67-79.

Willis, Lauren M., Metin Eren, and Torben C. Rick 2008. Does Butchering Fish Leave Cut Marks? Journal of Archaeological Science 35:1438-1444.

Erlandson, Jon M., Torben C. Rick, Paul W. Collins, and Daniel A. Guthrie 2007. Archaeological Implications of a Bald Eagle Nesting Site at Ferrelo Point, San Miguel Island, California. Journal of Archaeological Science 34:255-271.

Erlandson, Jon M., Torben C. Rick, Terry L. Jones, and Judith Porcasi 2007. One if By Land, Two if by Sea: Who were the First Californians? In California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity, edited by T. L. Jones, pp. 53-62. Walnut Creek: Altamira Press.

Wollf, Christopher B., Torben C. Rick, and Amanda Aland 2007. Middle Holocene Subsistence and Land Use on Southeast Anchorage, Santa Rosa Island, California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 27:44-56.

Rick, Torben C., Jon M. Erlandson, and René L. Vellanoweth 2006. Taphonomy and Site Formation on California’s Northern Channel Islands. Geoarchaeology 21:567-589.

Rick, Torben C., John A. Robbins, and Kurt M. Ferguson 2006. Stable Isotopes from Marine Shells, Ancient Environments, and Human Subsistence on Middle Holocene Santa Rosa Island, California, U.S.A. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 1:233-254.

Erlandson, Jon M., Todd J. Braje, Toben C. Rick, and Jenna Peterson 2005. Beads, Bifaces, and Boats: An Early Maritime Adaptation on the South Coast of San Miguel Island, California. American Anthropologist 107:677-683.

Erlandson, Jon M., Torben C. Rick, and Curt Peterson 2005. A Geoarchaeological Chronology of Holocene Dune Building on San Miguel Island, California. The Holocene 15:1227-1235.

Rick, Torben C., Jon M. Erlandson, René L. Vellanoweth, and Todd J. Braje 2005. From Pleistocene Mariners to Complex Hunter-Gatherers: The Archaeology of the California Channel Islands. Journal of World Prehistory 19:169-228.

Rick, Torben C., René L. Vellanoweth, and Jon M. Erlandson 2005. Radiocarbon Dating and the “Old Shell” Problem: Direct Dating of Artifacts and Cultural Chronologies in Coastal and Other Aquatic Regions. Journal of Archaeological Science 32: 1641-1648.

Click here to view an online video interview with Rick.

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